Representative Renee Ellmers (R, NC)
whose campaign promise to investigate
Planned Parenthood has resulted in the
Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation
pulling support for Planned Parenthood
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure 's new regulation prohibiting funding for organizations under Congressional investigation is itself a cover-up. No one—including Planned Parenthood—believes it. Planned Parenthood is screaming that the funds were cut because of pressure from Pro-Life Groups on the foundation. And it is true. Many individuals as well as organizations had stopped contributing to Susan G. Komen for the Cure because of its links to Planned Parenthood. Catholic groups in particular were withholding support. Parishes were refusing to sponsor events and Church bulletins were warning parishioners about the links between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood. That an organization like Susan G. Komen for the Cure would yield to such pressure is a clear sign that while the institutional levels of the Church may not have much clout anymore, the grassroots still do. That is something to pay attention to. I think the current Administration has judged the American Bishops to be a bunch of toothless old men whom they need not fear and I don’t think they are too wrong on that, but if the rank and file Catholics can be organized and motivated they would still be a force to be contended with.